Yamarita, also known as “Dundun Oniyeri” was one of my best meals from TFC (Tastee Fried Chicken) back then in Nigeria. Made from flour coated boiled Yam, this meal was an absolute delight! Came across the recipe a while back and regretted not being in the know earlier as this would have saved me money spent binging on it back then. Yamarita is an incredibly easy meal to prepare, even you will be shocked to find out just how easy it is.

I enjoy Yamarita with my much loved  Shrimp and Mushroom Sauce or with Ata Dindin; Fried Stew. I already have a published recipe for Ata Dindin, here’s  the link to the recipe….


Now, let’s get started.

Yamarita Ingredients:

1/2  Tuber of medium Yam cut into rectangular pieces

1 Egg

1 Cup Plain Flour

Cooking Oil (enough quantity to deep fry the yam)

1 Teaspoon Cayenne/Atagungun

1 Bouillon cube

1/2 Teaspoon Curry Powder

1 Teaspoon Aromat Seasoning or other seasonings of your choice.

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder (Optional)

Salt to taste


Yamarita Method:

Get your ingredients ready….image

Wash the yam thoroughly, place in a small pot add water to cover the yam, add just a little bit of salt and  boil on medium heat for 10 minutes…imageBoil till its tender but still very firm, remember you’re still going to fry the yam to complete the cooking process. Drain the water afterwards and leave to cool.image
On a flat plate, combine the flour, pepper, bouillon cube, curry powder and other spices and set aside.
Break the egg into a flat plate, add salt to taste and set aside, you can also add a bit of seasoning.image
Dip each yam into the egg mixture…yamarita

This step isn’t necessary but if you like an extra bit of crunchiness, then you can do this. This step also helps the flour stick to the yam better.

When that’s done, place each yam into the flour mixture, coat the yam chunks with the flour mixture ensuring each yam is well covered. When you’re done coating the yam, set them on a flat plate. imageThen dip each flour coated yam into the egg mixture, ensure the egg mixture covers the yam as much as possible…yamarita

Ignore the mess….:DDSC_1152

Now add the cooking oil into a hollow pan, set it on low-medium heat, when the oil heats up,  dip each flour and egg coated yam into the oil and fry on all sides till slightly brown.image

And that’s it, your Yamarita is ready!

Shrimp and Mushroom Sauce Ingredients:

1/2 Cup of Raw or Cooked Shrimps

1 Cup blended Pepper Mix (mix should consist of bell peppers(Tatashe), Tomatoes, Scotch bonnet (Rodo)

3 Tablespoons Cooking Oil

Sliced Mushrooms

2 Garlic Cloves Minced

1 Small Onion Sliced

1 Stalk spring Onions, sliced…

1 Bouillon Cube (I’m using Knorr Chicken)

Salt to Taste


Shrimp and Mushroom Sauce Method:

Place a saucepan on a hob on medium heat, add the cooking oil. When its hot, add the garlic, sauté till fragrant, , then add the onion, sauté till translucent…

Now, add the blended pepper, bouillon cube and salt to taste, fry for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning…yamarita and shrimp sauce

When its fried, you’ll know when oil floats to the top, add 1/2 cup of stock and continue to fry for another minute then add the chopped spring onions….image

Add the Shrimps and mushrooms, continue to cook for 2-3 minutes if using cooked shrimps and 5-7 minutes if using raw shrimps…let this cook till the image

Your Shrimp and Mushroom sauce is ready..yamarita and shrimp sauceimage

Remember the Ata Dindin I mentioned earlier, here it is…. do click HERE for the recipe…Yamarita


See, easy peasy! Please, don’t forget to give me a feedback if you do try this Yamarita recipe. Don’t forget to subscribe to email notifications of new recipes and….do feel free to use the “Share” buttons below. Enjoy!

28 thoughts on “Yamarita

  1. Hi Aunty Jemimah. I just discovered your blog and I’m in love. I made a promise to try almost all the recipes before I go back to school . They’re that good ☺️. My mum is wondering when I got the time to learn how to cook so well . You’re truly a blessing. God bless you

  2. I’m really happy I took the bold step to try this out even though I had never tasted it before, I followed your steps religiously and it turned out really well. Kisses and hugs for you Sisi Jemimah, you’re the best!

  3. do i have to boil the yam before frying? what about drying up my washed raw yams and going with the egg and flour coating then fry…..

  4. Totally yummy , made it for dinner. Almost ate every piece before serving the family. Thanks for your recipes, you’ve helped change my boring family meals.

  5. Thank you. Well i tried usjng the same method but still cud not get the cripsy type like taste dried chicken. Am thinking the yam was actually oven baked.

    • Hi Esther, thanks for the feedback, the recipe wasn’t shown in full earlier, the flour coated yam chunks should go into the egg mixture before it’s fried. This is how the crunchiness is achieved. If you did dip the yam in the egg mixture before the flour then fried it, it’ll still be just as tasty, the only difference will be the crunchiness and No, TFC Yamarita aren’t baked but fried…

  6. u look beautiful, great work ma, ur recipe is comprehensive. ma pls tell me how i can place candle on a cake, and pls an idea of drinks and recipe 4 her birthday. thanks

    • Hi, thanks for the kind words, I do appreciate. About the cake candles, I’m not sure I understand your request but I’m pretty sure you just push candles into cakes….

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